Most people have those great memories growing up of pitching a tent or camping under the stars, roasting marshmallows or breathing fresh air and swimming in fresh lakes. Whether you want to relive those childhood memories, continue your memory from your camping trip last weekend or want to create those first time memories for you and your family, Petawawa is going to be the place you want to visit.
Petawawa is the gateway into the east gate of world renowned Algonquin Provincial Park. You can drive in for the weekend or go canoe camping for a week in the interior. Experience nature and wildlife at its best, make sure to bring a camera to catch those forever moments.
There is always an opportunity to be a little more wild. There are several opportunities to experience the back country. Get your paddle in your hand and head deep into Algonquin Park or paddle to the other side of the Ottawa River and experience the Dumoine River, from tame flatwater trips to full on whitewater excursions. There are several outfitters and guides in the area to help you set up a shuttle or guide a fully planned trip for you and your family or a bunch of friends on a weekend away.
For those of you who want to try something new and a little different, sections of Algonquin Park are open year Round. Experience camping through a new fresh pair of eyes. The park takes on a whole new beauty and the great part is no mosquitoes and the bears are hibernating so there are a few perks to get you wanting to try camping when there’s a little snow on the ground.
SAFETY – No matter how long or short your trip is always tell someone where you are going and the details. Make sure to pack enough food and water. And don’t forget whatever you bring in make sure to bring it back out – Leave No Trace!
No need to go very far! Pine Ridge and Black Bear are campgrounds located right in the Town of Petawawa. Close to all amenities and the Ottawa River, have the best of both worlds right at your finger tips.
Pine Ridge Park (MAP #3)
Black Bear Campground (MAP #13)
(located on CFB Petawawa)
ONTARIO PROVINCIAL PARKS
Looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city lights? You have your choice of Provincial Parks to choose from. You can pack your canoe and get in touch with the wilderness of Algonquin Park, canoe the route of Champlain in Driftwood Park or explore the routes of the fur traders in Bonnechere Park. The possibilities are endless for you to experience the outdoors and wilderness first hand.
Algonquin Provincial Park East Gate (MAP #14)
Entrance to Park – Barron Canyon Road
Driftwood Provincial (MAP)
Bonnechere Provincial Park (MAP)
Day on the Bay Fishing